Case Closed?

A Bit of Art & Fiction

Juanita stayed in town for about five weeks, and she was able to make some progress in the case of the sterling necklace. After making numerous calls to friends who had once lived in town, and questioning many of the locals who had resided there since birth, Juanita discovered that the necklace was not given to Fiona by a man, like everyone had suspected, but by her mother. Indirectly, that is.

Fiona’s mother was sixteen when she gave birth, and her parents forbade her from keeping the baby. They sent her to live with her aunt and uncle in Ireland, so the people in town were none the wiser. She was devastated, of course, but once she hit adulthood she found bittersweet relief by locating the couple who had adopted Fiona. That’s when she sent them the package.

The couple maintained possession of the necklace, and a letter that was enclosed, until Fiona was eighteen – just as her mother had instructed them to do. 

By the time she left, Juanita was quite pleased with herself. She believed that the puzzle had been solved. The case was closed. Some of the locals were disappointed with this news, probably because they were hoping for something a bit more dramatic or steamy. Others, on the other hand, were left to deal with the aftermath

The older residents, you see, the ones who had lived in town when Fiona was said to have been conceived, found themselves in the midst of a dilemma

Who had fathered this child?


I’m happy tonight for several reasons. For one, I have the plot figured out and the ending is in sight. Yay! In addition, I started earlier today so I am finishing up earlier as well. I’m also happy because I really enjoyed tonight’s illustration. It was fun to put it together, especially since I wrote first – then illustrated. Sometimes I do it in reverse and it makes it harder to put the story together.

I also omitted the illustration/photo combo because it would have taken too long. Maybe next time.

Anyway, that’s about all for now. Thanks for taking the time to read. I hope you enjoyed!

Until later…

Word of the Day challenge: Aftermath

The Daily Spur Word Prompt: Dilemma

This is part four of a short series (written in small digestible pieces for those with short attention spans like myself). Parts one, two and three were posted just prior so feel free to read them if you haven’t already. It may help in order to make sense of the story.


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